Scenic Parks Explorer - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

14 days

from $4195 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The experience was superb"
Alton , Jun 2014

The ultimate national park adventure, visiting seven parks in the west and mid-west, diverse landscapes emerge, from Mesa Verde's carved canyon houses to Bryce Canyon's towering hoodoos.

It's Insider moments like… experiencing the food and lifestyle of a real cowboy on a cookout in Billings, and discovering the history and tall tales of local legend, Buffalo Bill, in Cody. Exploring the staggering size and beauty of the iconic Grand Canyon, it's meeting an expert geologist who reveals the ancient natural events that resulted in its formation. And listening to the sounds of nature around you on a stroll through Yellowstone with a park expert, who adds insights into the geothermal features, wildlife and forests you witness as you explore together.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
DSPA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE LAS VEGAS

    Welcome to Las Vegas! After checking in at the hotel, browse the exclusive shops, hit the slot machines or just lounge a while by the hotel pool. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Tropicana Las Vegas

  • 2.

    LAS VEGAS – ZION AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS

    Depart Las Vegas for the graceful slot canyons and towering cliffs of Zion National Park. Then it's onward to Bryce Canyon, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos—tall limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    BW Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

  • 3.

    BRYCE CANYON – SALT LAKE CITY

    Leave the red rock canyons and travel north to Utah's capital. See the famed Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon church and home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This evening, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to Brigham Young's former home, followed by dinner at the Lion House, featuring pioneer-style ambiance and cuisine.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton Salt Lake City Center

  • 4.

    SALT LAKE CITY – JACKSON

    Get a glimpse of the route of the pioneers as you cross the Oregon Trail and enter Wyoming. Stop in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Center. Through interactive exhibits, glimpse the thrills and challenges of the Old Trail. Enjoy lunch before departing to scenic Jackson, standing in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. The evening is free for you to explore.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch

    Hotel

    The Lodge at Jackson Hole

  • 5.

    JACKSON – GRAND TETON AND YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS (2 NIGHTS)

    Rise early for an optional guided raft trip to spot wildlife on the Snake River (seasonal). Then traverse Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first national park. Join a Local Expert to explore the spouting geysers, bubbling hot springs and mud paint pots. (When the south entrance is closed due to weather conditions, the itinerary will travel west from Jackson via Idaho and enter Yellowstone National Park through the west entrance.)

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    National Park Lodges

  • 6.

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Explore the impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls and a chance to see bison and elks. Watch in wonder as Old Faithful's waters arc over 100 feet (30 metres) into the air. This evening, relax under the great basin of stars.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 7.

    YELLOWSTONE – CODY – BILLINGS

    Head north to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill, and get a glimpse into its lively history with a Local Expert at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Then it's on to Big Sky Country for a Be My Guest dinner featuring local cuisine and a host who welcomes you with true Western hospitality.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Crowne Plaza Billings

  • 8.

    BILLINGS – LITTLE BIGHORN – RAPID CITY (2 NIGHTS)

    Today begins with a visit to Little Bighorn, the infamous battlefield where the ill-fated Custer led his men against a battalion of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Then, travel east through the Black Hills to Rapid City.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Adoba Hotel Rapid City

  • 9.

    BLACK HILLS EXCURSION

    Discover the natural and manmade wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery on your way to visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, a mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Lakota people. Return to Rapid City in the afternoon and join your travelling companions for dinner this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 10.

    RAPID CITY – DENVER

    Cross some of the West's most beautiful terrain today as you travel through the expansive grasslands of Wyoming on your way to Denver, the Mile High City. After getting settled at the hotel, enjoy the evening to relax.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Sheraton Denver Downtown

  • 11.

    DENVER – VAIL – ARCHES NATIONAL PARK – MOAB

    Ascend into the Rockies and stretch your legs in Vail before descending to magnificent Arches National Park. Here, the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches. Tonight is on your own—your hotel is in the heart of Moab and close to all kinds of restaurants, whether you're in the mood for family or fine dining tonight. Or if you're in the mood for more excitement, choose an optional jetboat ride along the mighty Colorado with a tasty dinner included.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

  • 12.

    MOAB – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – MONUMENT VALLEY

    Between AD 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone of the canyon walls at Mesa Verde National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. Head to Monument Valley for the night where you will be treated to a Navajo cookout Regional Meal.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Goulding's Lodge

  • 13.

    MONUMENT VALLEY – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

    Marvel at Monument Valley's landscape of towering sandstone buttes in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Visit the land of the Navajo people, stopping at historic Cameron Trading Post. Breathtaking views along scenic Desert View Drive just hint at the most spectacular of all vistas—the vast panorama of the Grand Canyon unfolding before you. Meet with a Local Expert who will enlighten you about the more than 1.7 billion years of geology revealed in the canyon. Tonight, toast your grand adventure and your new life-long memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    National Park Lodges

  • 14.

    GRAND CANYON – DEPART LAS VEGAS

    If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. Hit the road again, stopping in Seligman and Kingman, Route 66 hotspots that have kept the old Mother Road's culture alive. End your journey back in Las Vegas where a transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Las Vegas for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 6:30pm.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine with a host who welcomes you with true Western hospitality in Montana.
  • Local Expert

    Learn about the history of Buffalo Bill Cody, one of the West's most iconic figures at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
    Join an interpretive guide for a stroll in Yellowstone National Park.
    Enjoy an informative presentation on the Grand Canyon.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour of Salt Lake City.
  • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive.
  • See the site of Custer's Last Stand at Little Bighorn Battlefield.
  • View Crazy Horse Memorial and iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
  • Visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Arches, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon National Parks, Jackson, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, the Mile High City of Denver and Monument Valley.

Dining

  • 13 full breakfasts.

  • 6 dinners

    (including Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
  • 1 lunch.

  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Moab

  • Scenic Jetboat Ride on the Colorado River with Dinner

    Adult Price: $85.00 Begin the evening with a delicious barbecue dinner with views of Moab’s red rocks and the Colorado River. Then, take a ride aboard one of the newest and most modern fleet of jet boats for an excursion on one of the most scenic stretches of the river. You will experience calm water sections down river from Moab, with remote canyons and exquisite beauty. View spectacular red rock cliffs, Indian ruins, arches and ancient petro glyphs – a photographer’s and nature lover’s delight! Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 10 guests).

Grand Canyon

  • North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

    Adult Price: $229.00 Experience the magnitude of the Grand Canyon and its splendor of ever-changing color in a perspective incomparable to any other method of seeing this “Wonder of the World.” Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).
  • Imperial Ecostar Helicopter Flight

    Adult Price: $319.00 Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).
  • South Rim Airplane Tour - Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

    Adult Price: $199.00 The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

Jackson

  • Snake River Float Trip through Grand Teton National Park

    Adult Price: $80.00 This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep. Subject to weather conditions. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 12 guests).

Rapid City

  • Badlands Excursion

    Adult Price: $40.00 Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in America. Without a doubt, a hidden gem in the national park system, the unique beauty of the Badlands landscape is like no other. Sightseers as well as scholarly scientists are attracted to the area for its astounding beauty and the opportunity to peek into an ancient world. And no trip to the Badlands would be complete without a stop at famous Wall Drug. An establishment which became known for offering free ice water to thirsty travelers in the 1930s is today one of the top roadside attractions in the country. Tour length: 5 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests)
  • Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

    Adult Price: $25.00 Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and lighting ceremony. The program begins with a short inspirational talk, focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, and is followed by a 20 minute film, “Freedom: America’s Lasting Legacy.” Watch in wonder as the evening culminates in the slow exposure of light to the monument until it is fully illuminated. Be sure to bundle up as the evenings can be cool. Operates seasonally, starting at 9 p.m. (May – Aug; 8 p.m) Duration: 2 hours. (Minimum: 15 guests)

Salt Lake City

  • Dinner and Tour of Beehive House and Gardens

    Adult Price: $45.00 Start your evening viewing the world-renowned gardens surrounding Temple Square, the 35-acre site of the Mormon religion headquarters. These gardens include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world arranged in designs from formal French parterres to old-fashioned English cottage gardens. Then, enjoy a savory dinner at a local restaurant. Duration: 3 hours. (Minimum: 10 guests)
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